St Michael's Country Day School | PreSchool
Our preschool teachers have an excellent understanding of the unique needs of a young child’s development and provide expert guidance as they take their first steps into school. During this full day program, the children learn about colors, shapes, numbers and letters and also about sharing and taking care of their materials.
PreSchool, early childhood, age 3, newport, education, Pre School, Day Care, Montessori
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KINDERGARTEN

Kindergarten is an exciting year of change. Our curriculum is planned to meet the social, emotional, academic and developmental needs of a five year-old. We keep a strong balance between structured work times and relaxed play and choice times. The academic portions of a our day include math, reading and thematic studies. The Singapore math program begins in kindergarten where children focus on developing number sense, beginning place value and are introduced to St. Michael's Country Day School, Newport, RInumber bonds and the concepts of addition and subtraction.

A love of reading is fostered. Literacy skills are acquired through systematic phonics instruction which includes phonemic awareness activities and the development of a sight word fluency. Reading comprehension and vocabulary are taught through daily read alouds followed by discussions about story structure, prediction, and main idea. Fine motor skills and letter formation are taught with the continued use of the Handwriting Without Tears program. The thematic units studied in kindergarten include home, the forest habitat, fairy tales, castles and pond life. In addition to building a strong academic foundation, we spend a great deal of time helping children develop an understanding of their job in school.

The students learn about respecting others’ ideas, independent problem solving, cooperative learning and many other skills which factor into a child’s success in school. Kindergarteners participate weekly in French, art, library, physical education, science and creative movement classes taught by specialists who work closely with the classroom teachers and make connections to the learning that is occurring in the classroom.

Sample Kindergarten Schedule:
  • Arrival / Free Choice Time
  • Morning meeting / Circle Time
  • Math
  • Free choice
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  • Language Arts (Handwriting Without Tears, phonics, listening skills, grammar, story time)
  • Snack/Recess
  • Reading
  • Lunch/recess
  • Special (French, Creative Movement, Library, Science, Art, Physical Education)
  • Thematic studies (for example: homes, woodlands, fairy tales, ponds)
  • Free Choice Time
  • Circle and Dismissal